Sendero Verde – Tour the Construction of This NYC Affordable Housing Development

Watch as Dylan Martello, Senior Building Systems Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., gives a tour of Sendero Verde during its construction. The project is a 100% affordable housing development in East Harlem, New York, pursuing certification under the international Passive House Standard and the 2015 Enterprise Green Community Criteria. In this video, learn about two key aspects of the building's design and construction: its envelope systems and its mechanical…


Beach Green Dunes II is a Model for Sustainable Multifamily Housing Developments

  As part of our annual Earth Day celebrations, we’re highlighting Beach Green Dunes II, one of the most energy-efficient and resilient projects in our portfolio. Beach Green officially opened in early 2020 and received its Passive House certification (PHUS) in mid-2020. It is one of the largest passive house projects in the U.S and a model for sustainable, affordable multifamily housing developments. The 127-unit, fully affordable building in Far…


Form for Signing on to Industry professionals letter to Governor Hochul

Climate change is a profound threat to New York. As architects, engineers, building management staff, designers, and energy efficiency and construction industry professionals we are committed to practical solutions to this manifest threat. It is in that spirit that we applaud your proposal to end gas usage in new construction. However, deferring the start date of new all-electric requirements to as late as 2027 is too extended. We urge you…


The 2022 Community Board application is now open through Tuesday, March 1 at 5 pm

Community Boards are the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The Boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods. Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards are composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms– thus, 25 members are appointed (or reappointed) each year. Manhattan Apply Here Brooklyn Apply Here Queens Apply…


How Passive Houses can improve Life and help the Planet

TEDx Talks Jeff Colley is the publisher and editor of Passive House Plus, an award-winning sustainable building magazine. Jeff is an advocate for evidence-based approaches to sustainable building, who believes that buildings should protect, delight and enrich their occupants, while treading lightly on the earth. A former chair of the Green Party policy committee on buildings, Jeff's notable successes include driving the introduction of 60% energy and CO2 reductions and…


Congratulations to our new Officers!

On behalf of the New York Passive House Board of Directors, it is a great pleasure to announce that Buck Moorhead has been elected the new Chair of New York Passive House. Amy Failla has been re-elected the Secretary, and José Sosa Rueda has been elected the new Treasurer.  They look forward to serving NYPH in the year ahead!   Buck Moorhead, Chair is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and…


New Code Evaluation Report

We are pleased to share with you the publication of our new QAI Code Evaluation Report, numbered CERus-1004, covering select ROCKWOOL products. This new report verifies to you, your customers, regulatory agencies, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), architects, specifiers, contractors, engineers, and code officials that the ROCKWOOL products listed herein comply with the stated code requirements. View our full announcement which includes the products that were evaluated by clicking the button…


Mould in Buildings: What is it and how can it be Prevented?

19 January 2022 By: Alison Phelan, Technical Consultant Technical Topics Mould in Buildings: What is it and how can it be Prevented? Concern about mould in construction has been increasing as people become aware that exposure to mould can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, and impact decay of the building’s structure. As people spend a substantial part of their day indoors, be that in their homes, offices,…


What is Passive House? By EP Engineers

Chris Burgess | Friday July 30, 2021 Passive House Design Gains Steam in NYC as Leading Sustainability Solution for Commercial Development As New York City’s landlords and developers stare down tightening carbon-emissions caps with Local Law 97’s deadline fast approaching, the energy efficiency of commercial buildings is becoming even more paramount. What is Passive House? The basic tenets of Passive House design include an extremely well-insulated and super-tight building envelope…


Partel Introduces EXOPERM MONO SA 250 – Advanced Self-Adhesive Monolithic Membrane

November 26, 2021   With EXOPERM™ MONO SA 250, Partel brings an advanced self-adhesive breathable membrane, based on proven Monolithic Technology, designed for external and internal applications within the low-energy building sector. The increasing use of offsite construction methods demonstrates the commitment of the low-energy construction sector to the adoption of new technologies. Whether we are focusing on residential developments, commercial constructions, or public buildings, to help ensure high-quality durable structures,…



How to attain our climate objectives for the built environment. Take part!

How to attain our climate objectives for the built environment. Take part! The Passive House Institute in Germany is an independent research institute that has been carrying out research on highly efficient building construction and renovation for over 25 years. Based on our years of experience with new construction, retrofits of existing building stock and the latest research findings, we have developed the following “building blocks”. These building blocks are…